Harvesting weed is not difficult, but it takes time and patience. Knowing when and how to harvest will help you get the most out of your plants, helping you avoid mold and other issues that could ruin your crop. In this article we will teach you all you need to know about harvesting. 

Whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, it’s important to know the right time to harvest. When you harvest can have a big impact on the amount of THC in your buds.

When is the best time to harvest weed?

When exactly to harvest depends on how much THC you want in your plant. If you want a strong head high, it’s best to harvest sooner, as THC levels are highest during this time. If you harvest overripe weed, you will get lower THC content. Growers who harvest their buds for commercial sales, can choose to let the buds ripen a little longer to increase weight.

How can you tell your cannabis is ready to harvest?

Cannabis is ready for harvest when you find that the little white hair, called trichomes, turn reddish-brown. When more than 50% of the trichomes change color, the harvest can begin! As explained above, wait a little longer if you want lower THC/CBD content and/or heavier buds.  White trichomes will give you a stronger head high, while amber trichomes will result in a more relaxing/body effect.

Harvesting when 50-80% of hairs have darkened will give you higher THC amounts.

Harvesting when 80-100% of hairs have darkened will give you a more relaxing, anti-anxiety effect. This happens because some of the THC has by this point converted to Cannabinol (CBN) which has a more sedative effect.

Example cannabis not ready to harvest

Not yet ready to harvest

Cannabis ready to harvest

Ready to harvest

If you’re all about High THC, make sure to harvest early, but not too early!

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What tools do you need to harvest weed?

Harvesting does not require a lot of tools: You just need the following:

  • Sharp scissors.
  • Storage bags.
  • A dark, dry environment with enough space to work. Exposure to too much light can lower your THC content.
  • A magnifying tool (this is optional, and only necessary if you want to see a close up of your trichomes to detect the perfect time to harvest.)
  • Some cable or string to hang your buds

How to dry your harvest and prevent mold on your marijuana.

Before you start harvesting keep these two things in mind: 

  1. Stop giving your plant fertilizer one to two weeks before the harvest date. This is to flush out chemicals in the cannabis plant to ensure that they are not present for consumption. 

  2. It is also recommended that you stop watering your marijuana plants just before harvesting. You can do this 1 to 3 days before harvesting. Withholding water from you plant  will also cause your plant to think it’s dying, so it will create more resin!

When it’s time to harvest, cut off branches from your plant and hang them upside down in a dark and dry space. You can take advantage of this time to remove any dry/dead leaves. When harvesting be very careful not to put pressure on the flower tops. It is best to use sharp scissors. Leave your buds on the branches for easy hanging. Make sure that the branches are stored in a low humidity space, otherwise you risk mold growth and bud rot. It would be a shame to lose your buds after all that hard work!

Drying your cannabis

 

Q: How long should you dry your harvested weed for?

A: You should dry your cannabis for 7 to 10 days. You will know when it’s dry enough If the stems easily break instead of bend and buds are somewhat crisp to touch.  

Q: What temperature should the drying space be? 

A: Ideally you want them to dry in a space that is between 65-75°F or 18-23°C. 

Q: What humidity level should this room be at?

A: To dry cannabis, you ideally want to keep the room at 45-55% humidity. Keep your buds away from wind and high heat.


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Correct Storage Of Your Cannabis Buds

After all the cannabis branches are dried, use your scissors to start cutting off buds. You will notice that buds are also covered in small leaves. These small leaves are also somewhat covered in crystals, so don’t throw them out! Keep them separated and then you can use them to make edibles. 

Once your buds are dry, they need to be stored correctly. Jars with a firm lid are recommended to prevent your fresh buds from being attacked by molds. Check the jars regularly to make sure that no moisture accumulates. If you smell mold or ammonia it could mean that they are not dry enough to store yet. Air them out! The jars with weed are best kept in a dry, cool and dark place.

If you want to see a good example of the harvesting process, watch this video.

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